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Old 09-10-2011, 05:36 PM   #1
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Carefree Awning

Have a Carefree power awning which I tried for the first time last week. When extended, the side arms do not run completely horizontal, more like a "V" configuration. Is this normal for power awnings? Also there is a decal that states do not put awning in a "carport" position. Does that mean my DH should not try to release the legs from the coach?
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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I have had that problem and have pulled the straps that hold the weights up and down by hand a few times to loosen them up. That seems to make it easier for the motor to extend the awning all of the way out.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:56 AM   #3
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Not knowing the model or year of you awning I will assume its an older One Touch that has lower arms like a manual awning. If the awning unrolls all the way its ok the upper arm slant down to let the rain run off. The lower arm should have a device in them to prevent you from taking them off the side of the RV so don't it will damage the awning. There should be a pair of spring loaded struts somewhere in the RV that you put between the lower and upper arms to keep the wind from blowing it up in the air. If you can"t find them you can buy them at camping world. If it doesn't unroll all the way It most likely just needs a little lube. I have to lube the roller bushings and lower slide arms with silicone spray about twice a year.
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Thanks for the insight. I'll check the coach for trusses. I was mostly wondering about the proper alignment of the "rafters" on each end.
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